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Pirates and John Jaso agree to two-year deal

Pirates and John Jaso agree to two-year deal

Free agent John Jaso and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to an $8-million, two-year contract.

The 32-year-old has played mostly in the outfield and at catcher in the past, but the Pirates plan on using him at first base, a position he has played in just two big league games.

Pedro Alvarez, who shifted from third base to first for the 2015 season, became a free agent when Pittsburgh declined to offer a 2016 contract.

Jaso spent last season with Tampa Bay, hitting .286 with five homers and 22 runs batted in in 216 plate appearances. He sprained his left wrist in the first inning on opening day and did not return until July 7.

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